SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 1997

The claim that matches were invented before lighters surprises no one, but it’s not true. Chemical lighters - phosphorus and sulfur - came out in London about 1640. It was another 200 years before the sulfur-tipped Lucifer matches appeared.

Doctors say it has never been adequately explained why relatively more tall men than short men die before the age of 40.

Q. What was the original toll on the Brooklyn Bridge?

A. A nickel a cow.

Ocean water doesn’t evaporate as quickly as lake water.

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